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Ray Hanania is a writer, author and media analyst and political consultant specializing in Middle East issues and events, and mainstream American politics. He is President & CEO of URBAN STRATEGIES GROUP

He is a columnist for the award winning Arab News Newspaper, at ARABNEWS.COM.

Hanania is the Managing Editor of THE ARAB DAILY NEWS online which offers original news and feature coverage of American Arabs and Muslims, and the Middle East.

Columnist, Managing Editor of THE ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK ONLINE

He writes a weekly column for the SOUTHWEST NEWS-HERALD newspaper group including, the Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, and the Palos Reporter, and four other Chicagoland newspapers.

His columns are archived at Ray Hanania Columns and at RayHanania.com


He is a former Feature, News and Op-Ed writer for Al Jazeera English


He also has written for ALMANBAR ARABIC NEWSPAPER (in Arabic), and AL MUSTAQBAL Newspaper Chicagoland Iin English).

RADIO HOST: Hanania Hosted The Arab Daily News Radio Show in Detroit and Washington DC. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

The Radio Show audios and videos are also podcasto iTunes and online. CLICK HERE FOR PODCASTS


Hanania was the political columnist at the Daily Southtown for seven years (1977-1985), the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992) and at the Southwest News-Herald (2002 - Present).

Hanania co-hosted the American Arab radio show "Radio Baladi" which is simulcast in three states on Friday mornings (7-8 am Central, 8-9 am Eastern) including in Michigan, Ohio and Northern Illinois.

Hanania Hosted The Talk of the Town Radio Show every Friday at 4 PM CST on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and live on YahalaVoice.com. The show is rebroadcast on Monday's at 11 AM CST on YahalaVoice.com and is available on iTunes.

Hanania Hosted Radio Chicagoland on WSBC AM 1240 Radio and simulcast on WCFJ AM 1470 Radio every Sunday in Chicago from 8 am until 10 am. Previously, he hosted live Chicago morning shows on WLS AM 890 Radio and recently on WJJG AM 1530 radio. For more information visit "The Ray Hanania Show".

Hanania was a blogger for the alJazeera Listening Post segment offering commentary on specific topics in the news

Former Columnist: JERUSALEM POST


Former Columnist: The Arab News, the Saudi Gazette, YnetNEWS.com

Archive of Radio Chicagoland podcasts. Click here

Award Winning journalist and writer
Media & political analyst, distributed by Creators Syndicate

"Defining the moderate Palestinian Arab voice"

PROFILES: Community Media Workshop | The Chicago Reader | Renee Sweis

Mainstream. Moderate. Must listen.

Ray Hanania offers a unique perspective on the news, and special insights that are sometimes humorous & always insightful on the challenges of bringing peace and ending violence in the Middle East. Hanania is a stubborn voice against anti-Arab discrimination and a critic of the biased mainstream American News media.


I support Two-States, Palestine and Israel. I oppose extremism, but strongly speak out against "extremists," whether they are Jewish or Arab.

I OFTEN criticize Israel's government, but my comments are always focused on the politics of the Government of Israel and the policies, and the politicians who support those policies. My comments are NEVER against Jews.

I recognize that Jewish extremists hate Arab Moderates because the Jewish Extremists don't want peace. They want to steal all of the land of Palestine and expel all of the Palestinians because they are Christian and Muslim and not Jewish. When I write about Jews, I do so in the contest of the conflict between Jews and Arabs.

I am proud to support Jews, Muslims and Christians. And I am proud to stand up to racist hatred whether it is from a Jew, from a Muslim or from a Christian.

The Jewish extremists are just as bad as the Muslim and Christian fanatics, who I also openly criticize without restraint.

I will NOT be silent about fanatics and extremism.

The Middle East conflict IS about the conflict between extremists and moderates, those who embrace hatred and conflict, and those who oppose racism and support peace based on compromise.


Hanania covered Chicago City Hall for 16 years from 1976 through 1992, including every Chicago Mayor "from Daley to Daley".


Ray Hanania is an award winning Palestinian American writer.

He currently writes for the Arab News at ArabNews.com, on Middle East issues, and for the Southwest News Herald News group of seven newspapers including the Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News and the Reporter Newspapers.

He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 until 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He launched his own political consulting firm Urban Strategies Group in 1992. Hanania provides analysis of Chicagoland, Illinois and national issues for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper and analysis of Middle East issues for the Saudi Gazette. Hanania has managed the election campaigns of more than 60 candidates for public office from Chicago aldermen and cook county commissioner to statewide and congressional offices. He currently manages media for 13 municipal governments, elected officials and private businesses.

Hanania has been an activist for Palestinian rights since the 1970s serving on the Arab American Congress for Palestine, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and as national president of the Palestinian American Congress. He performs standup comedy for Arab and non-Arab groups, in English, across the country and around the world from Jerusalem to Dubai, Beirut and Ramallah.

Hanania believes that the biggest challenge Palestinians face is the growing extremism not just among religious fanatics but also secular rejectionists. Hanania believes that forcing Israel to accept a Palestinian State with its own boundaries will eventually lead to peaceful relations that will result in the merging of both Israel and Palestine into one confederation where all citizens are treated equally regardless of religion. Hanania believes that Israel’s extremists are strengthened by the failure of the peace process and are engaged in a sophisticated and deliberate strategy to rid history Palestine of all of its Christian and Muslim Arab inhabitants.

His views are not popular, especially among activists who reject peace based on compromise with Israel. But Hanania counters that the rejectionists, religious and secular, have failed to achieve any real goals and the only rights that Palestinians have today have come through negotiated peace from leaders like the late President Yasir Arafat, with whom Hanania served as a consultant on American public perceptions during the 1993-2000 peace process.

Hanania is also the author of several books including the groundbreaking memoir “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America.” It is the first book that tells the story of Palestinian and Arab life in America and in the biased anti-Arab mainstream American news media. And, he is the Author of "Arabs of Chicagoland" (2005) and "PoweR PR: Ethnic Activist's Guide to Strategic Communications" (2014). Click here for more information on his books.

“Arabs do not understand the nuances of public relations and the true power of communications,” Hanania believes. “We need to silence the voices of extremism, bring our community together through the tolerance of our different views and by engaging in a more pro-active campaign to educate the American pubic through better media management.”

You can read more about Hanania at www.TheMediaOasis.com, www.RayHanania.com or www.UrbanStrategiesGroup.com, or www.TheArabDailyNews.com, as well as on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RGHanania.


  • Winner, 2009 Sigma Delta Chi National Award from the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Winner 2009 Dr. M.T. Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award
  • National Winner Best Ethnic Columnist in America 2006/2007 New America Media
  • Four (4) time winner, Society of Professional Journalists Peter Lisagor Award for Column Writing (for 1985, 2002, 2006, 2009) (7-time finalist)
  • Two-time winner, Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick-O-Type Award
  • 1990 Pulitzer Prize Nominee (nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Professional communicator, media consultant, author, standup comedian, satirist, filmmaker, radio talk show host

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What Editor & Publisher Magazine says about Ray Hanania
Dec. 28, 2006

Ray Hanania"Ray Hanania, a former Creators columnist who's now self-syndicated, is a Palestinian-American writer married to a Jewish woman. He writes about Mideast issues in an evenhanded way that makes him seem positively radical in a sea of columnists who back Israel almost unconditionally. Hanania's approach, as former President Jimmy Carter discovered with his latest book, is not popular with much of the mainstream media. But it would be interesting if U.S. dailies followed the lead of Israeli newspapers in allowing a much wider spectrum of debate about Mideast issues. By the way, Hanania is also a stand-up comedian who's hilarious when he opts to use humor."

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NAMED "Best of the Best" Presenters/Speakers by LACONI (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois, 2007)

Wins the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for General Column Writing Sept. 2010
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Named "Best Ethnic Columnist in America" by the New America Media (Nov. 2006).
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Ray Hanania is an award winning veteran former journalist and now an Op-Ed opinion columnist. His columns ont he Middle East appear in the prestigious Arab News Newspaper in Saudi Arabia at ArabNews.com.

A longtime, veteran Chicago political reporter, Hanania now writes an award winning column analyzing political and social issues that is syndicated to several Chicago area newspapers. He also has written a weekly column for the Jerusalem Post Newspaper on Middle East issues.

A former talk show on WLS AM Radio for more than a decade from 1980 until 1992 (and previously on WBBM FM and WLUP FM radio), Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from "Daley to Daley" (1976-1992) writing for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He hosted Radio Chicagoland in Chicago on WJJG 1530 AM Radio Monday through Friday from 8 until 9:30 am for three years ending in 2011.

Hanania hosted the American Arab/Muslim Radio show "Radio Baladi" which was broadcast in Chicago and Dearborn, and in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio every Friday morning from 7 to 8 am (Central, 8-9 am Eastern).

As a parttime, freelance media and political analyst, Hanania also provides media support for web pages and internal communications projects as well as providing media consulting to governments and businesses.

Hanania's columns on the Middle East have been published by Al Jazeera English, YnetNews.com, the English language website of Israel's largest Hebrew Newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth, the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, the Saudi Arabia Arab News, al-Quds Newspaper, as Sharq al-Awsat, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, NEWSWEEK, the New York Daily News, Newsday and the Orlando Sentinal. Hanania also provides video-blog commentaries for "The Listening Post" on Al-Jazeera English.

Hanania is also a recognized Arab American historian and author of several books including "Arabs of Chicagoland" (2005).

He is an activist for peace between Palestinians and Israelis speaking out against terrorism, violence, extremism, and religious fanaticism. He strongly supports and advocates for peace based on non-violence and compromise between Israel and Palestine.

Additionally, Hanania is an internationally acclaimed standup comedian using humor performing for Christian, Muslim and Jewish audiences around the world to confront hatred and animosity. His Arab American-Jewish comedy routine lampoons his life and unique marriage to his wife, Alison, who is Jewish, at clubs, universities and Arab, Muslim, Jewish and American events around the country. His web page is www.hanania.com. He is the co-founded of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour, the comedy web page is www.IPComedyTour.com. And he is a partner in the Infidels of Comedy Christian Arab Comedy Tour. He has performed throughout the United States for Christian, Muslim and Jewish audiences, starred in three tours of Israel, and performed in London, Toronto, Dubai, Dublin and Beirut.

"After Sept. 11, many Arab Americans like myself were targeted. Many were intimidated into denying or abandoning their Arab heritage. We lost employment, job opportunities and watched as our ethnic press was decimated. We had seven Arab American ethnic newspapers in Chicago before Sept. 11. After, all but one closed. Five years later, we have two. This is a pattern we've seen across the United States, not just in Arab American journalism but in business, industry and on the social level, too. I think that says everything about the challenges Arabs face in this country today. Using communications, we can change that and at the same time, make America the country it was intended to be."

In November 2006, Hanania was named "Best National Ethnic Columnist" by the New America Media for his columns published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth on their English-langauge web site (YnetNews.com) and in the Jerusalem Post. He is the recipient of four (4) Society of Professional Journalism "Lisagor Awards for Column Writing" (1984/85, 2002/03, 2006/07, and 2009/2010). Hanania received the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi National Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for column writing. He is the recipient of the 2009 Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award named in honor of Dr. M.T. Mehdi, a pioneer in American Arab journalism.

In twice earning the prestigious "Stick-o-Type" Award for column writing, the judges in 1984 credited "his deft analyses that deflate the overblown and irritate the mighty," and in 1986 applauded Hanania for "displaying a special voice in columns that were humorous and insightful."

Hanania is a co-founder of the National Arab American Journalists Association, is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Society of Professional Journalists previously serving on their Diversity Board, the Asian American Journalists Association serving on their Media Watch Committee, and the Radius of Arab Writers Inc. (RAWI). He is the author of eight books including the humor books "I'm Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing Up Arab in America" and "Talking to Israelis."

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Arab Writers Group, Commentary, Ray Hanania, Oct 27, 2008
As the presidential candidates gear up for the home stretch the timing of the recent raids into Syria and Pakistan is no coincidence.
The American Muslim, Commentary, Ray Hanania, Aug 31, 2008
Bush is inspired by Carter, who despite a difficult four years in office plagued by the Iranian hostage crisis, was able to carve a place in world history by bringing two of the many foes in the Middle East conflict to the peace table.
Arab Writers Group Syndicate, Commentary, Ray Hanania, Jul 25, 2008
Obama's trip to the Middle East might have reinforced his stature as a possible President. But if he really wants peace there he is going to have to do more than establish his credentials as a solid supporter of Israel.
UpFront Radio, Audio, Odette Keeley, Jun 13, 2008
This week: Why Russian-American voters like McCain and Arab voters are excited about Obama. Also: A veteran Philippine broadcaster and her crew are abducted.
The National Arab American Times, Audio, Ray Hanania Interviewing Suzanne Manneh, May 30, 2008
Ray Hanania, publisher of The National Arab American Times, interviews Suzanne Manneh about her article, “Palestinian Youth Express Themselves Through Hip-Hop.”
Arab Writers Group, Commentary, Ray Hanania, Apr 18, 2008
A corruption case involving Iraq-war related contracts is unfolding with little media attention in Illinois. An Arab-American commentator says new testimony gives some clue as to why.
Arab Writers Group, Commentary, Ray Hanania, Jan 09, 2008
President Bush wants to nudge along the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But why did he decide to wait for the waning days of his presidency?
The Arab American News, Commentary, Ray Hanania, Feb 03, 2007
Even before 9/11, Arab Americans running for office had to deal with racism . In running for president, Barack Obama, whose middle name is Hussein, has already seen that it will not be easy to shed false accusations that he is Muslim, therefore suspect.
New America Media, News Feature, Sandip Roy, Jan 30, 2007
Studies suggest discrimination against Arab-Americans is on the rise. But Arabian Night theme parties are becoming more popular.
In These Times, News Report, Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke, Dec 01, 2006
Forget about the Pulitzer Prize. On Nov. 14, the most recent addition to the world of journalism awards ignored old standards like the New York Times and the Washington Post, instead honoring the work of such reporters as Dennis Romero of Tu Ciudad in Los Angeles and Ray Hanania of Ynet-News.com/Yedioth Ahronoth in Orland Park, III.
Asian Reporter, Staff Writer, Nov 22, 2006
Community activist and longtime Asian Reporter columnist Ronault L.S. Catalani ("Polo") has been named runner-up in the Commentary/Editorial category of the first National Ethnic Media Awards, organized by New America Media (NAM). The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2006.
Editor & Publisher, Staff Writer, Nov 22, 2006
Columnist Ray Hanania is one of the winners of a National Ethnic Media Award (NEMA) from New American Media, an ethnic-media association.
NAM, Roundup, Nov 21, 2006
Ethnic and mainstream media cover the First National Ethnic Media Awards and Winners.
Audio, Up Front Radio, Nov 17, 2006
Up Front Radio is an award winning, hour long, news and culture audio magazine for and from California's ethnic communities.
Ynet News/Yedioth Ahronoth, Commentary, Audio, Ray Hanania, Nov 17, 2006
The writer has received a New America Media Ethnic Media Award for 2006 for a series of humorous commentaries on Israeli-Palestinian relations, reprinted here. NAM recognized outstanding ethnic media reporters this week in Washington, D.C.
New America Media , Commentary, Sandip Roy, Nov 16, 2006
Awards Coordinator and NAM editor Sandip Roy goes backstage at the first National Ethnic Media Awards in Washington DC,
Ray Hanania, Award Winner 2006: Editorial/Commentary (English), YnetNews.com / Yedioth Ahronoth (Orland Park, IL), Nov 02, 2006
Is there a place where Palestinians and Jews can look to find answers to their unending conflict?
Press release, Nov 02, 2006
Close to 600 ethnic media practitioners competed in 14 categories for recognition in 19 categories, ranging from Investigative Journalism to Best Community Talk Show. The New America Media awards will be presented at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Arab-American Business, Nidal M. Ibrahim, Mar 04, 2003
Creators Syndicate — one of the world’s largest distributors of editorial columns to newspapers, magazines and other media — has agreed to carry a column by longtime community activist and journalist Ray Hanania.
SF Bayview, Ray Hanania, Jan 27, 2003
Despite the overwhelming bigotry that they face in this country, African Americans have spoken out forcefully against bias against themselves and also against bigotry directed against others, including Arab Americans.
Arab American Business Magazine, Angie Latif, Jan 03, 2003
Six stand-up comics got together one night recently in a benefit show, poking fun at everything from President Bush, Saddam Hussein, the 9/11 backlash and one comedian’s marriage to a Jewish woman.


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